EU talks: Cameron says UK will get new deal in 2016
18 December 2015
From the section EU Referendum
Media captionDavid Cameron: 2016 will be year of EU change
David Cameron has said the UK will “fundamentally change” its relationship with the EU in 2016, after talks with EU leaders in Brussels.
The UK prime minister said he was a “step closer” to getting the reforms he wanted, which he will put to the British people in a referendum.
He said it would be “pretty tight” to get a deal by February as he had hoped – but it would happen next year.
Eurosceptics said his reform demands were trivial.
And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he believed little of substance would be secured in the next six weeks before EU leaders meet again.
The PM, who is known to favour a vote in 2016, would not be drawn on claims that next June was being targeted, saying that the substance of the negotiations were more important than the timing.
Other EU leaders have expressed their desire to accommodate UK demands but only if core EU principles, including on the right to freedom of movement, are respected and not undermined.
European Council president Donald Tusk said other countries were willing to look for compromises while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “optimistic” agreement could be reached and enshrining the changes through treaty changes, a key UK demand, …read more
Source:: BBC UK